In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the true size of McLaren’s deficit to the top teams was seen last weekend, where their leading car finished a lap behind.
Austria showed full scale of McLaren’s deficit – SeidlLando Norris took fifth place for McLaren in the Styrian Grand Prix, he was lapped by race winner Max Verstappen. Seidl said the full extent of the team’s deficit was visible in a race where the leaders were pushing flat-out.
“We have seen this year that both in the qualifying conditions but also in the race we have made a step forward and got closer to the guys in front,” he explained. “But it is also clear that the gap is still big, especially when these guys are doing a flat-out race which didn’t happen many times last year.”
Verstappen was pursued by championship rival Lewis Hamilton throughout Sunday’s race.
“The competition that is up between Lewis and Max, they go flat, and then that’s the real pace difference we are having in a race where you have no Safety Cars or something else,” Seidl continued.
“But again, I am happy with the steps we are making, we just need to keep making steps over the next years and at some point we will get them.”
Sainz hails “most complete race” since joining Ferrari
Sainz ran the joint longest stint on Pirelli’s medium tyre in the Styrian GP, and was rewarded with a sixth place finish despite a lengthy spell running behind AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.
In some part that was key to the result, as Sainz opted to manage his tyres while unable to overtake.
“Basically I knew that the medium could do those 40 laps, I just needed to make sure that I keep the tyres healthy for when I got clean air,” Sainz explained.
“What I’m most happy about is the pace once the clean air appeared. I think we managed to go down one second on last time, we managed to start lapping at a very competitive pace, even more competitive than a McLaren, I’m very close to the leaders.
“And yep, since then the feeling with the car has been amazing and it has been probably in general – just analysing it quickly – my most complete race since signing for Ferrari. The whole pace management, tyre management, pace.”
He credited the car’s performance as well as his own, saying he was “quite proud” with how he’d got a solid points haul.
Rosenqvist and Ferrucci return
McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist, who was injured in a heavy crash in the first of two races in Detroit, has been cleared to return to the series in this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio. His place was taken by Kevin Magnussen in the most recent round of the championship.
Santino Ferrucci will also return to the series this weekend as part of a growing number of additional appearances for RLL which have come about through an expanded sponsorship deal.
F1 2021 cast list revealed
Official Formula 1 game maker Codemasters has revealed further details of the cast of characters in the story mode component of forthcoming game F1 2021. The cast list includes drivers Aiden Jackson, Cas Akkerman and Devon Butler, who are joined by deputy team principal Brian Doyle and Akkerman’s wife Zoe. Codemasters has also created real-world social media presences for the game’s key figures.
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